We had the good fortune of connecting with Mya Dao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mya, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business is to create a space not only for our salon clients to enjoy our layback yet luxurious guest experience But also for my team of stylists to have a place where they could find a work life balance without sacrificing their financial needs.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
One thing I could say that really sets us apart from many other salons is my focus on our attentiveness to our clients and our team. I want everybody that steps into our salon feel welcome and we will do everything we can to provide the greatest guest experience and the greatest work environment. Also, I truly believe what helps myself and my salon is to never stop learning and be relentless.
I own Illusion Salon for 11 years and being a hairstylist behind the chair for 23 years and I’m still learning. I learn something everyday. That’s one of my strongest strength is willing to learn. I’m never afraid to say I don’t know something even to my staff because I believe I can always improve myself, my skills as a stylist and a business owner and my business. My salon and my own skill is always on learning mode.
The journey is not easy. How I got to where I am today is I learn from my mistakes, I improve, adapt, change/pivot my business and be relentless. I made many of mistakes over the years. There were a lot of sweat and tears. There were times I thought may be owning a business is not for me. But I snapped out of that very quickly. I’ve determined the day I don’t want to be a business owner anymore is when it’s going to be on my own term and not because of my mistakes that dictate my decision. I want my business and myself to do better today than what we did yesterday. I don’t care how well other salon or hairstylists around me doing. What I care is how well we do within my salon and how well I’m doing as a stylist and a salon owner and how can we all do better than ourselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Grandscape in the colony Shop at Legacy and Legacy West in Plano
The City Line in Richardson
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Where do I begin? Through out the years, I learn from so many talented business owners. One of the mentor that I learn from the most is Nikki Le. She’s a successful business owner, a business mentor/coach.
One of my favorite book is Profit First. I’d say that is the Holy Grail for all businesses. Because of this book, I was able to survive through our shutdown in 2020. Another book that is recommended and it is a game changer for me is Relentless by Tim S. Grover